SquareMeal Review of
Randy's Wing Bar Hackney Wick
This canalside Here East resident does what it says on the tin in lip-smacking style. Co-founders Richard Thacker and Andy Watts (aka Randy) took the pop-up/pub residency route to this permanent spot, becoming the first-ever international competitor at America’s Buffalo Wing Festival along the way. The proof is in the poultry, available in a range of flavours, including Hanoi (beer-battered with fish sauce) and Bombay (baked and grilled with Indian spices). The fried Gangnam wings are hard to beat, with sesame seeds clinging to a sweet, sticky Korean sauce. Buffalo wings slathered with blue cheese are equally tasty. Counteract the tang with a beer from a list that includes London’s Beavertown on draught and bottled Hawaiian lager. The menu also stretches to burgers, with either chicken patties or, curiously, an onion bhaji option. The sole dessert choice is a sumptuous chocolate brownie topped with dulce du leche ice cream, while a range of cocktails suit the up-tempo, down-lit vibe. Two servings of wings and a few sides is enough for two, making this a good value option.